Oslynn Bowsky Foy, Owner, Your Luxury Travel Agent (Pearland, Texas)

With over 20 years in the industry, Oslynn Bowsky Foy has combined her personal and professional travel knowledge to create incredible itineraries for her clients.

In 2016, Oslynn followed her heart and opened her agency- Your Luxury Travel Agent catering to travelers in search of upscale and luxury experiences.  Oslynn decided to make “The World her Office” and she has now become known as the “The Best Friend To The Busy Professional” connecting her discerning clients to cultures and destinations worth leaving the office for.

 

Katie Kapel, Founder/Owner, Mode Travel Agency, Inc. (Fargo, ND)

Katie began her travel career in 1998, coordinating both domestic and international corporate travel for various world-wide companies. Seven years later she decided to pursue her passion by concentrating on the leisure end of the industry. Katie focused on “Destination Weddings” in 2005, before it was even a term, and before the resorts had put together specific packages for these types of groups. As the popularity of destination weddings grew, Katie concentrated on marketing to the romance travel market, including honeymoons, luxury, and couples vacations. Katie branched out on her own in 2012 when she founded Mode Travel Agency, Inc. Business has grown significantly each year since as Katie focuses on a high level customer experience to gain repeat business, social media and event marketing as well as creating strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and other travel professionals. She still is the primary seller at her company, but employs 4 full time employees but also hosts and mentors a dozen independent contractors. She has a passion to educate, empower, and create jobs in the leisure travel market to keep the industry trustworthy and strong. It is also her mission to help suppliers and customers understand and embrace the uniqueness of each business model. Katie is married and the mother of 3 teenage boys. Her home-based company is located in Fargo, ND.

Kristi Mackedanz, Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist, Travel Leaders (St. Petersburg, FL)

Kristi’s career in travel began in 2002 and her passion for traveling has continuously progressed since then. She has completed the rigorous training certification programs offered by Travel Leaders for both Leisure and Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. These programs include self-study, online training opportunities, networking, marketing tools and tips, FAMs and much more! She has worked hard to earn designations from multiple resort partners. A few of these certifications include: Hard Rock Triple Platinum Advisor, Palace Gold Advisor & A Karisma 2 Diamond Advisor. While working as an employee for a Travel Leaders franchise, Kristi cultivates partnerships throughout the industry by utilizing the strategic advantage of her brick-and-mortar, store-front agency to leverage marketing opportunities and build her own name. Over the years she has worked countless bridal shows to grow her romance business and educated others about the value of using a Travel Advisor. She prides herself in planning dream destination weddings and honeymoons for her clients. Kristi’s personal travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, France, Tahiti, and countless times to Mexico & the Caribbean – just to name a few. She doesn’t plan to stop there. Next up to check off her bucket list is Dubai and Egypt!

Tom Varghese, Chancellor of Travel, Travel Tom (Derwood, MD)

Tom is the Chancellor of Travel (Owner) at Travel Tom. Tom has a strong passion for travel and is dedicated to providing a wonderful customer experience. With degrees in Economics and Business Administration, he started his corporate career on Wall Street where he ran the Analyst Desk for JJ Kenney/Standard & Poors and ended with a position as a Vice President at JP Morgan.

Tom entered the travel industry in 2002 while continuing to work in corporate America, choosing to indulge his love of travel as a part-time travel consultant. In 2011, in order to spend more time with his family and pursue his true passion to be a full-time travel consultant, he gave JPM his 2 weeks’ notice. “Travel Tom” is a recognized leader and an expert in the travel industry and has won numerous awards and distinctions. He was also honored to be recognized as Top 25 All Star Travel Agents (2016) from Travel Agent Magazine.

He makes a point of personally visiting most of the destinations he sells and has formed partnerships and alliances with hotel owners, tour operators and others to ensure his clients have an exceptional travel experience.  He now hosts a small team of agents around the country and speaks at numerous travel agent conferences and events with the goal of training and mentoring travel agents to be be better, more efficient and “relevant” once again!